Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Christmas Shoppe, a review

The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.

Matilda Honeycutt is an eccentric, spirit filled woman who insists on those who enter her store will indeed find something that is useful, or needed. Years back I had a movie described to me in which a man used "things" as a way to accomplish evil. I have to be honest and say that when I began this book, that is all I could think about, and was just waiting for something to go downhill. However, this book is written to be INSPIRING, encouraging, LOVING, giving, AND life changing for those characters who do interact with the storekeeper of the Christmas Shoppe. It is a sharp contrast to the other tale and is a blessing to see an author with much integrity and skill take on such a story.

There are people who wish to get rid of Matilda and her shoppe. There are those who are endeared to her. Their lives mingle, and God works through Matilda to show the holes in their lives that need to be restored and repaired. All in all, this is a sweet story, with interesting ways that Ms. Carlson weaves the things the character needs with the character's history.

This review is of my own opinion. Thank you for Revell for the review copy!

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